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This Xbox Series X refrigerator is a 'prize' that you can 'win'

An image of an Xbox Series X-shaped refrigerator.
(Image credit: Microsoft)
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The Xbox Series X is ugly. I know some are charmed by its brutalist slab design, but a thing can be ugly and charming at the same time, and it's sort of cute how un-designed the new Xbox is compared to the PS5's curvy chassis. However, a thing can also be ugly and not charming at all, but simply grotesque, which I'd argue is the case for this Xbox Series X-shaped refrigerator.

Microsoft is leaning into jokes about the Series X's fridge-like design with this giveaway, but what I enjoy about the marketing gag is that the Xbox Series X doesn't even look good as a fridge. It looks like a terrible fridge, and one I'd only want to own it if I had no other refrigerator options. If that's the case for the person who wins it, I'm happy for them, but sad for them, too, because now they have to look at this Xbox fridge.

It doesn't help that, as part of the gag, Microsoft lit the fridge interior with the sickly Xbox hue, presenting the food in the least appetizing possible light. It also stocked the fridge with donuts, which don't go in the fridge. Who is eating chilled donuts? Tell them to stop.

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If you want to try to win the fridge, the rules are here (opens in new tab).

We're watching this year's new console launches from the sidelines, of course, although they aren't totally inconsequential to PC gamers. Microsoft recently recommitted to releasing all first-party Xbox exclusives on PC (opens in new tab), for instance, and perhaps PC case designers will take notes from what Microsoft and Sony have been up to. 

I hope not, because Sony's effort doesn't do much for me, either. The Xbox Series X may look like an ugly fridge (and also be ugly as a fridge), but the PlayStation 5 looks like an amateur concept render of a next-gen console that would've hit the top of Reddit circa 2010. At the moment, my taste is leaning more in the direction of Noctua CPU coolers (opens in new tab) than shiny white sci-fi armor.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.